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Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 58 / Pixis: Concerto in C major, Op. 100; Concertino in E flat major, Op 68; Thalberg: Concerto in F minor Op 5 / Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Audio Samples

>Pixis, Johann Peter : Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 100
>Pixis, Johann Peter : Piano Concertino in E flat major, Op. 68
>Thalberg, Sigismund : Concerto for piano & orchestra in F Minor, Op 5

Album Summary

>Pixis, Johann Peter : Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 100
>Pixis, Johann Peter : Piano Concertino in E flat major, Op. 68
>Thalberg, Sigismund : Concerto for piano & orchestra in F Minor, Op 5
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone
Where others sound strenuous and hard-pressed Shelley is fluent and urbane, a true keyboard aristocrat free to concentrate on the elusive poetry that lies at the heart of so much fiery pianistic intricacy.

This 58th volume of the Romantic Piano Concerto series presents two composer pianists who contributed to the Hexaméron, Liszt's collaborative piano extravaganza. Thalberg (who would be celebrating his 200th birthday in 2012) famously took part in a pianistic "duel" with Liszt, and was popularly acclaimed as the greatest pianist in the world during his lifetime. He only wrote one piano concerto, and that in his teens, but it is a brilliantly effective showpiece for virtuosity and stamina, the pianist's hands barely leaving the piano. Johann Peter Pixis has now been consigned - perhaps unfairly - to the oblivion where so many early 19th-century composers dwell. These are world premiere recordings of his charming Piano Concerto and Piano Concertino. Howard Shelley, an undisputed master of the music of the early Romantic period, directs the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from the keyboard with his usual insouciance and poise.

The Guardian, November 2012
Howard Shelley gives us fine performances. There's exquisite filigree in the Pixis, while the Thalberg has swagger and panache in spades.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/10/2011-05/14/2011).



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Works Details

>Pixis, Johann Peter : Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 100
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/10/2011-05/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1829

>Pixis, Johann Peter : Piano Concertino in E flat major, Op. 68
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/10/2011-05/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1820s

>Thalberg, Sigismund : Concerto for piano & orchestra in F Minor, Op 5
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/10/2011-05/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830